Thoughts About My Classes in France!

As much as I would love to post only about my fun adventures I have had (and will continue to have) here, I do have classes to attend and homework to complete. But, it isn’t bad at all! I only have classes Monday through Thursday (Hello three-day weekend!).

On Mondays and Tuesdays I only have one class and am done by the afternoon, so that leaves plenty of time to explore!

Wednesdays are long because I am in class from 11-6:30 pm, with only a twenty-minute break in between. Thankfully, I eat dinner with my host mom afterwards, so I don’t have to worry about cooking or buying something to eat after a long and tiring day.

On Thursdays, I only have two classes, one of which is pretty cool! It’s called Paris Collage: History, Culture, and Architecture, and we pretty much go on field trips! We start off in class for lecture and then take the metro to somewhere new, be it an old building, a château, or church. It’s so fun to actually see what we’re learning in class in real life! I am taking two other literature classes, which, thanks to my English major, I am very much used to 🙂 They are both French literature classes, which is something new for me. It’s quite challenging to read in French, but it’s good practice for me to further comprehend the language. I highly recommend reading books in the language you are learning!

Who doesn't love books? #Englishmajorlife
Who doesn’t love books? #Englishmajorlife

I also have to take French grammar and conversation, which I both thoroughly enjoy because they both give me more reasons to practice my French! I wouldn’t say I am completely fluent, but I am getting there! I am getting more comfortable with using it when I am at home talking to my host mom, when I am with friends outside of school, and of course when I need help and have to ask for directions, which has happened a lot lately. Actually though, people have come up to me to ask me for directions! My goal is by the end of my time here, I will be able to give someone directions with no problem 🙂

To end this post, I want to share a picture of Notre Dame I took before the 6:30 pm mass service on Sunday. It is even more beautiful at night! It was my first time attending mass since I came to Paris, and it was just what I needed to reassure me that this journey I am on is a blessing.

Notre Dame at night!
Notre Dame at night!

Thanks so much for reading! Follow me on Twitter @HopeMarisela16 to hear more about my life abroad!

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Marisela Meraz

Hello! My name is Marisela, but everyone knows me by Mari. I am a senior at Hope majoring in English with an emphasis on writing and minoring in French. I am also part of the Theta Gamma Pi Sorority on campus. In my free time, I enjoy baking, taking photos, watching Netflix, and making music playlists for my friends. I am so excited to share my Hope experiences with you all!

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